Sunday, 27 August 2017

Leveling Up: How I Got a PhD Studentship.


Although I'm not on it anymore, I still managed to get a PhD studentship in under 2 months after finishing my course, so I'm going to be telling you how I managed to go from a master, to a PhD student (albeit temporarily)! In this example I will be talking about the PhD at Ulster - you can download the advert here so you know what I'm talking about.

I'm not going to lie, applying for a PhD is time consuming, energy sapping, paperwork heavy stuff. It's annoying and now that I'm applying for jobs in the field, I can say that it's very much like applying for that. A studentship is a funded PhD project, so you don't have to go through funding bodies or anything like that which is great. The downside (if you can call it that) is that the projects are pre-chosen so you don't really get to propose your own initial idea as such - but you can build on it and make it your own.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Why it's OK to Quit.


So, I quit my PhD, and it’s been a strange feeling. I’m still formally in the middle of paperwork but by the end of this week I will have officially been withdrawn as a PhD student at Ulster University. This also explains why I've disappeared off here for a while.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Murderino Monday: What Should I Bring Home for Mum? Thumb Keyring or a Femur Magnet?


Something interesting I found whilst looking around the internet for murder things was an interesting paper on serial killers with a certain paragraph discussing souvenirs and a perceived relationship with the victim. With that in mind, looking at murder in the media, the idea of souvenirs and mementos is prevalent – think (fictional) Dexter and his slides, or Bundy and his heads. They can range in size, and be anything from parts of the victims like body parts, or belongings like underwear. But why? What’s the appeal?

Well, I looked around the internet and can’t really find anything solid, but I have a few ideas.
Why do we buy souvenirs? Why do we bring home the awful rock candy from Blackpool that gets left in a drawer for 10 years and forgotten because it actually tastes awful? Or fridge magnets? Have any of you brought an “egg” from the natural history museum – those marble like ones? They’re so pointless! But why do we buy them?

Friday, 23 June 2017

ABC’s of the DSM-V: Fact? Or Factitious?


Factitious Disorder (FD). An entity that has recently gained mass media coverage due to a high profile murder (we’ve really been stepping into Murderino territory lately, huh!?). There are two types of this disorder; factitious disorder imposed on self, and factitious disorder imposed on another – have you guessed what it is yet?

If you said Munchausen Syndrome (MS) then you were correct! And the case in question is of course the one of Dee Dee Blancharde, which I’ll go into more detail later, but for now, what is it? And why is it called FD?


Monday, 19 June 2017

Murderino Monday: “How did we survive the 70s?”


Something that’s popped up in the podcast is the upswing of murders in the 60s and 70s; now I’m not sure if I heard it on MFM or read it somewhere else but there’s a theory it may have had something to do with untreated PTSD from the war – it led to aggression and desensitization to death and those two combined led to possible reasons for why so many serial killers were around. Interesting, and worth looking into – but that’s not what I’m going to be discussing today. Instead, I’ve chosen an alternative theory – lead poisoning and IQ.